Release Notes for Mac®

Mac Version 3.6.5

Released June 29, 2021

  • Fixed an issue where one of the authorization dialogs from macOS said “(null)” instead of “Covenant Eyes”
  • Improved the onboarding experience
  • Improved reliability of blocking for some users
  • Squashed an uninstall bug related to error M622
  • Dropped the word “Enabled” from the names of Filter levels

Mac Version 3.6.4

Released April 21, 2021

  • Updated documentation specific to macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Improved reliability of the network extension
  • Fixed text colors in the Preferences window in Dark Mode
  • Added a dialog for clarity during the installation process. When Covenant Eyes installs its network system extension (or network extension for short), the authorization prompt from macOS doesn’t always have the words “Covenant Eyes” in it.
  • Renamed Filter levels
  • Updated contact information for Member Care
  • Fixed an issue where the version number of macOS 11 Big Sur was perceived as 10.16 rather than 11.0
  • Updates for members using Internet Accountability:
    • Fixed an issue where URLs from Google Chrome were missing.
  • Fixed an issue with reporting the macOS version with images
  • Updated links to My Account
  • Added support for enforcing SafeSearch on IPv6 networks
  • Replaced the kernel extension with a network extension on macOS 10.15 and later.
  • Improved the usability of the uninstall process

Mac Version 3.5.5

Released December 1, 2020

  • Fixed an issue where some users experienced a “Not secure” error when loading a search engine in a browser.
  • Fixed an issue where Covenant Eyes would not notify you that your password needs to be re-entered.

Updates for members using Internet Accountability:

  • Fixed an issue where URLs from Google Chrome were missing.

Mac Version 3.5.4

Released November 12, 2020

  • Auto-sign-in new Mac accounts with the prior CE user.
  • Tweaked installation compatibility with macOS 11 Big Sur.

Mac Version 3.5.3

Released October 8, 2020

  • Covenant Eyes can now be installed on macOS 11 Big Sur.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Image recognition now uses half the CPU power it previously used.

Mac Version 3.3.16

Released September 24, 2020

  • Fixed an issue where, after being installed for the first time on a Mac, Covenant Eyes would, in some cases, block all traffic.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Improved configuration management for Screen Accountability system parameters.
  • Fixed an error that caused Covenant Eyes to sometimes not take any screenshots.

Mac Version 3.3.14

Released August 11, 2020

  • Fixed a bug where Covenant Eyes software updates couldn’t be automatically installed, and users were told to manually download the new version from covenanteyes.com (error M673/22).

Mac Version 3.3.13

Released August 6, 2020

  • Made it easier to connect to the internet at hotspots.
  • Enabled App Sandbox in some parts of Covenant Eyes (you’ll have to type in your proxy settings again, if you have them configured).
  • Addressed some crashes.

Update for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Additional resolution where filter users of some ISPs had all traffic blocked.
  • Fixed an issue where some users saw block pages even though blocking was turned off.

Mac Version 3.3.12

Released August 5, 2020

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Resolved issue where filter users of some ISPs had all traffic blocked.

Mac Version 3.3.9

Released June 16, 2020

  • Network connectivity errors are no longer displayed while your computer is asleep.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • You’ll now see message saying “Blocking service limited” when our blocking service has internet trouble, and “Blocking is working normally” when the connection is better.

Mac Version 3.3.8

Released April 6, 2020

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Zapped a blocking bug

Mac Version 3.3.7

Released March 3, 2020

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • We added the Allow list to enhance the customization of your Filter service. Learn more here.
  • Fixed a bug when trying to reload a newly unblocked page.
  • Improved compatibility with corporate and educational networks, and with hotspots.

Mac Version 3.3.5

Released January 7, 2020

  • Fixed a licensing error.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Fixed a source of erroneous M071 errors.
  • Improved screenshot algorithm.
  • Improved compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Mac Version 3.3.4

Released December 5, 2019

  • New logos!

Mac Version 3.3.3

Released October 8, 2019

  • Oops, yeah — black text isn’t readable in Dark Mode; fixed it.
  • Covenant Eyes is now notarized, as required by macOS 10.15.
  • Improved messaging in the Notification Center.
  • Improved support of persnickety hotspots (the ones that utilize HTML- or Javascript-based redirects).

Mac Version 3.3.2

Released September 3, 2019

  • We fixed an issue where a background task caused Covenant Eyes to become temporarily unresponsive.
  • We don’t stall on hotspots anymore.

Mac Version 3.2.1

Released July 30, 2019

  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • If you use our Filter, we added a custom block list feature. Learn more here.
  • If you used our Filter with our legacy Internet Accountability service, we’ll automatically bring over domains on your old block list to our new block list.

Updates for members using Internet Accountability:

  • We fixed a bug with our software that claimed that you installed Covenant Eyes on your reports when you only restarted your Mac.

Mac Version 3.1.1

Released July 8, 2019

  • We fixed an issue where the sign in window would sometimes reappear once immediately after signing in.
  • If you change your password in My Account, we now shake the sign-in window on your Mac to remind you to sign in with your new password.
  • We fixed that pesky, confusing “M099” error you may have seen while trying to sign in.

Mac Version 3.1.0

Released May 21, 2019

  • Updated the interface to switch between users instead of signing out.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.
  • Made improvements to screenshot storage.
  • Backend updates for future improvements to reports.
  • Added a notification when an account switches between Internet Accountability and Screen Accountability.
  • Interface fixes.

Starting with Mac Version 3.0.2, all versions support either Internet Accountability or Screen Accountability, depending on your account settings.

Mac Version 3.0.3

Released February 27, 2019

Updates for all members:

  • Auto-fill only shows valid Covenant Eyes usernames.
  • Updated the Filter block page when the member is signed out.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Added the current blocking level to the Covenant Eyes software menu.

Mac Version 3.0.2

Released February 12, 2019

Updates for all members:

  • Improved notification system.
  • Miscellaneous other fixes.

Updates for members using Screen Accountability:

  • Improved screen analysis.
  • Added app names and window titles to reported images.
  • Added porn blocking through CleanBrowsing.
  • Covenant Eyes servers only receive blurred images.

Mac Version 2.10.3

Released November 2018

  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Mac Version 2.10.2

Released October 31, 2018

  • Removed browser extension reminders.
  • Refreshed branding images.
  • Bug fixes and improvements.

Mac Version 2.10.1

Released September 12, 2018

  • Upgraded the Safari browser extension.
  • Added reminder to install browser extensions for best clarity in monitoring.

Mac Version 2.9.1

Released July 10, 2018

  • Fixed an issue where the Covenant Eyes menu would not appear in the menu bar.
  • Fixed occasional issues where Covenant Eyes would stall upon sign in.
  • Improved the Panic feature.
  • Improved compatibility with the Google Chrome browser.
  • Added an automatic update feature.
  • Updated Firefox browser extension.
  • Fixed a crash when logging very large errors.
  • Made improvements to the Filter Override.
  • Fixed minor bugs with automatically installing Covenant Eyes updates.

Mac Version 2.8.10

Released November 30, 2017

After this version, we will no longer support Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or earlier. Please upgrade your operating system to a newer version of macOS.

  • Fixed an issue where two Covenant Eyes icons would occasionally appear in the menu bar, giving an M072 error.
  • Updated Firefox Extension for compatibility with Firefox 57+ (“Quantum”).
  • Other bug fixes.

Mac Version 2.8.9

Released October 5, 2017

  • Added support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
  • Improved hotspot detection.
  • Fixed an occasional issue that caused a slow sign in.

Mac Version 2.8.8

Released November 16, 2016

  • Added support for macOS 10.12 Sierra.
  • Fixed a kernel panic affecting those who pair the Keynote app on iOS with the Keynote app on macOS.
  • Fixed two other causes of some rare kernel panics.
  • Fixed an issue where the Covenant Eyes menu would sometimes disappear from the menu bar.

Mac Version 2.8.7

Released May 3, 2016

  • Users of Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) no longer need to restart the computer when upgrading Covenant Eyes, and in some cases when installing or uninstalling.
  • Fixed an issue where some characters within URLs were chopped off on Accountability Reports.
  • Improved compatibility with Sophos Antivirus Web Protection and WORDsearch Bible.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some web pages to display “Unknown Domain,” “HTTP 400 Bad Request,” or an incomplete page.

Mac Version 2.8.6

Released October 27, 2015

  • Fixed kernel panic.

Mac Version 2.8.5

Released September 24, 2015

  • Fixed issue where update notifications weren’t being displayed on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and later.

Mac Version 2.8.4

Released September 15, 2015

  • Fixed issue that prevented Covenant Eyes from installing onto Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
  • Fixed issue where filter error messages were repetitively displayed when websites were blocked.
  • The Covenant Eyes browser extension for Firefox now meets Firefox’s signing requirements.
  • Updated menu icon (including 2x and 3x Retina support).
  • Include Covenant Eyes client version information in Accountability Reports.
  • Display a “Panicked” web page when users try to access the Internet through a web browser while panicked.
  • Display “0:00:00” in menu bar when Internet is blocked due to Blocked Times settings.
  • Reports when Covenant Eyes is installed.

Mac Version 2.8.3

Released July 21, 2015

  • Improved functionality of auto-sign-in when a user intentionally signs out of Covenant Eyes.
  • Improved HTTPS filtering.
  • Fixed issue where the Covenant Eyes icon would sometimes disappear from the menu bar.
  • Fixed various issues related to sleep mode.
  • Fixed issue with reporting IPv6 URLs.
  • Fixed issue where Kaspersky causes uninstalls to fail.
  • Fixed issue where uninstalling causes a kernel panic on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This version of Covenant Eyes is not compatible with El Capitan.

Mac Beta Version 2.8.2

Released June 23, 2015

  • Improved ability to connect at hotspots.
  • Improved handling of home and work network problems.

Mac Version 2.8.1

Released April 30, 2015

  • Added the ability to generate an Uninstall Code within the uninstaller.
  • Disabled the Panic Button after it has been pressed.
  • Added support for the Chrome extension in Mac OS 10.6 for 32-bit users.
  • Updated the Firefox extension to improve Report clarity.
  • Various interface changes.

Mac Version 2.8.0

Released April 8, 2015

  • Accountability Reports now display which application was used to access a URL.
  • Fixed a bug that caused visited sites to be reported as unconfirmed sites (this happened when the computer was coming out of sleep).
  • Improved the install/uninstall process.

Mac Version 2.7.2

Released February 18, 2015

  • Improved error messages.
  • Various bug fixes.

Mac Version 2.7.1

Released December 18, 2014

  • Fixed an issue with installing on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
  • Fixed an issue with uninstalling the Chrome extension.

Mac Version 2.7.0

Released December 17, 2014

  • Adjusted Covenant Eyes’ sensitivity to network problems.
  • Updated icons for Yosemite Dark Mode.
  • Improved error reporting.
  • Improved hotspot sign in process.
  • Improved proxy error reporting and validation.
  • Fixed extension installation issues for Google Chrome versions 39 and later.

Mac Version 2.6.1

Released September 30, 2014

  • Fixed incorrect reporting of pages that were blocked while using the Firefox browser.
  • Fixed a problem that was incorrectly displaying a “no services” error message.
  • Various text and graphic updates.

Mac Version 2.6.0

Released August 22, 2014

  • Added support for Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite).
  • Covenant Eyes no longer repeatedly asks to install the extension in Safari 7.1 and later.
  • Fixed a spelling error.

Mac Version 2.5.1

Released July 15, 2014

  • Fixed a bug in the Firefox browser extension where it reported Supporting URLs more than once.

Mac Version 2.5.0

Released June 26, 2014

  • Prevented installation (for now) onto Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite).
  • Added browser extensions for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome to improve Accountability Reports.
  • Improved installer to prevent installing over an incompatible version of Covenant Eyes.

Mac Version 2.4.1

Released March 27, 2014

  • Fixed a periodic crashing issue (kernel panic).

Mac Version 2.4.0

Released March 12, 2014

  • Disabled Secure Search in Google to improve monitoring, filtering, and reporting of search terms.

Mac Version 2.3.1

Released January 29, 2014

  • Blocked times countdown timer now starts with less than one hour remaining (instead of ten).
  • Fixed issue where some users were under older blocked time settings.
  • Fixed occasional crashing issue.

Mac Version 2.3.0

Release Date: January 21, 2014

  • Added Time of Day blocking for Filter users.
  • Improved stability of connections to Covenant Eyes servers.
  • Improved support for IPv6.

Mac Version 2.2.3

Release Date: November 13, 2013

  • Miscellaneous text changes.

Mac Version 2.2.2

Release Date: November 6, 2013

  • Updated text and sensitivity for the “Network Disconnected” popup.
  • Improved communication with Covenant Eyes servers when network connectivity is poor.
  • Fixed memory leaks and other bugs.

Mac Version 2.2.0

Release Date: October 9, 2013

  • Standardized all server communication (improves compatibility with proxies and firewalls).
  • Sign in window now shows remembered usernames and automatic sign-in preferences.
  • Improved error reporting and troubleshooting.
  • Updated text throughout software.
  • Various interface changes.
  • Added support for keyboard shortcuts in the uninstaller.
  • Improved reporting of URLs for users of the Chrome browser.
  • Improved Filter compatibility with Chrome and Safari.
  • Improved hotspot detection and handling.
  • Fixed issue with automatic updates.

Mac Version 2.1.2

Release Date: April 30, 2013

  • Fixed a bug in the Uninstaller on 32-bit machines.

Mac Version 2.1.0

Release Date: April 23, 2013

  • Covenant Eyes is now digitally signed using Apple keys. (This means you should never see an “unidentified developer” message upon installation.)
  • Enhanced error message for failed installation on older systems.
  • Minor code changes and bug fixes.

Mac Version 2.0.1

Release Date: April 18, 2013
Added Internet Filtering Service

  • Filter URLs based on block/allow list.
  • Filter URLs based on sensitivity level of page and user.
  • Blocked URLs displayed in Blocked Sites module on Accountability Reports.
  • Blocked URLs displayed in the URL Log window.

Known Differences from the Windows Filter

  • Filter Guardians (or authorized Filter users) can temporarily override from the Filter block page.
  • Time controls are not currently supported.
  • Changes to Filter settings can be applied via a “Refresh” option within the Covenant Eyes for Mac software menu.

Mac Version 1.5.0

Release Date: February 14, 2013

  • Only one sign in failure window displayed at a time.
  • Changed the menu to more closely match the Windows Filter menu.
  • Uninstaller moved to the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.
  • Various tweaks to improve the install/uninstall process when upgrading from older versions of Covenant Eyes.
  • Fixed occasional crash issue.

Mac Version 1.4.9

Release Date: January 11, 2013

  • Dropped support for operating systems prior to 10.6.0 (Snow Leopard).
  • Fixes to HTTPS URL logging.
  • Improved circumvention protection.
  • Fixed failure where uninstaller required administrative privileges.
  • Removed Covenant Eyes username and password confirmation during installation.

Mac Version 1.4.6.388

Release Date: April 13, 2012

  • Fixed automatic start-up issue with new installs.
  • Dropped support for MacOS 10.4 Tiger.

Mac Version 1.4.6.336

Release Date: December 15, 2011

  • Removed “Administrator rights needed” message during uninstall.

Mac Version 1.4.6.297

Release Date: September 29, 2010

  • Changed Covenant Eyes icons and images to match new branding
  • The Accountability Report now shows when Covenant Eyes for Mac is installed

Mac Version 1.4.6.262

Release Date: July 29, 2010

  • Fixed memory leaks
  • General stability fixes
  • Removed “Enable Secure Hotspot Access” option from the Preferences menu. We have enabled this feature by default.
  • Improved debug logging when Covenant Eyes for Mac crashes

Mac Version 1.4.5.221

Release Date: April 26, 2010

  • Covenant Eyes for Mac is now compatible in 64-bit mode
  • Fixed issue with blank lines appearing in the URL log
  • Multiple improvements resulting in increased stability

Mac Version 1.4.3a

Release Date: December 21, 2009

  • Increased support for Snow Leopard
  • Improved stability of the CE program for the Mac
  • Removed the show in dock option. The CE icon will only appear in the menu bar

Mac Version 1.3.8

Release Date: July 14, 2009

  • New: Web page titles are now shown next to Web addresses (URLs) in Accountability Reports and Detailed Browsing Logs
  • Additional security and stability improvements